Scholars Program FAQ

Who is eligible to participate in the Scholars Program?

Please see eligibility requirements here.

When do students apply to SEEDS?

Students can apply in 7th grade and begin classes the summer after 7th grade. Interested families can fill out an inquiry form here.

How many students participate in the Scholars Program?

Approximately 125 students are accepted into the Summer Challenge Program, the final phase of the admissions process. Ninety-five students are then invited to move forward with Scholars Academy Saturdays, the second phase of the Scholars Program.

How long is the Scholars Program?

Scholars participate in a 14-month program that begins with a residential summer program following seventh grade, continues to meet on Saturdays during eighth grade and culminates with a second three-week residential program the summer before ninth grade.

Where does the Scholars Program take place?

Summer programming takes place at a boarding school. Depending on where the student lives, Saturday programming can take place at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, or Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange.

Does SEEDS cost anything?

All programs are FREE.

Does SEEDS provide a scholarship to selective schools?

SEEDS works with our partner schools to obtain 90-100% in financial aid and scholarships for our families. The money comes directly from the selective schools.

How does the selective school application process work?

Our placement team works with each family to determine the best fit for each student. After months of research, families generally apply to 5-10 selective schools. Based on acceptances and financial aid received, families make their final selection.

Is transportation provided?

Yes, SEEDS provides free transportation to all our students. For the Scholars Program, we provide transportation from central bus stops near the students’ homes.

Do you give out homework?

Yes. Because SEEDS is an academic organization, homework is given to students during most class sessions. Teachers make themselves available during the week by phone and email to answer student questions.

What do students do on Saturdays?

The students take classes on Saturdays during the academic year. There are academic classes in English, mathematics and Human Behavior (a proprietary SEEDS course that integrates intellectual inquiry with experimental learning). In addition to classes, students engage in test preparation and work on applications to selective schools. There are also workshops to help our students with interviews, applications, and career development.

Do you help with college?

Once graduates are placed, our Guidance team provides annual visits, support (academic and social, as well as help with college selections), and a network for professional development.